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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  78,139 ratings  ·  9,300 reviews
Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been
through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.
ebook, 464 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Jun 06, 2011 Tatiana rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of "Hush, Hush"
Well, let me get this out of the way - The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer has nothing whatsoever in common with The Adoration of Jenna Fox, even though their publisher-provided plot descriptions are almost identical. What it is similar to is the infamous bestseller Hush, Hush, but it is just a tad less offensive. So, if you are a fan of that novel, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is your next natural reading choice.

I'll attempt to refrain from excessive ranting here, but, goodness, this novel is just as ba
Emily May
Warning: this review contains flashing gifs and foul language.

I've spent two years avoiding this book. I remember in 2011 when I stumbled across that exciting GR description and pretty - if slightly creepy and discomfiting - cover, but my initial curiosity was quickly dampened by the reviews from my trusted goodreads friends. And for nearly two years, I have listened. My intentions were to never give this book/series another thought, until I recently came across this interesting page: 15 Young A
Wendy Darling
1.5 stars Welcome to yet another teen romance masquerading as a paranormal novel. If you’re like me, you’ve been salivating to read this book for months because of the breathtaking cover—and of course, the premise of a girl waking up in a hospital with no memory of how her friends were killed is pretty intriguing. I’m sorry to say, however, that the maddening phenomenon I’m calling “cover fraud” strikes again, since this is another book whose interior does not live up to its beautiful cover art. ...more
Steph Sinclair

Hmm...Where do I even start with this book? I guess I should start by saying The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and I have this awkward love/hate relationship. If this book were a person, it'd be the boyfriend I sometimes had fun with, but never wanted to take with me in public because I knew he would do something stupid and embarrass the hell outta me. For majority of the first half of the book, I wanted to stomp it into the ground with my pair of patent leather pumps. However, somewhere along the lin
"That's All" Ash
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This is THE best book I’ve ever read.

I don’t rate my books one star to five stars. I rate my books one-star to “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.”

People always want to know what my absolute hands-down favorite book is. And it’s funny because when they ask, they always give me that good minute-long silence for me to think it over. But I never need a minute. And I probably never will.

This is my favorite book.

This book is my trump card whenever my friends and I are talking about the most amazing boo
Lori (Pure Imagination)
I truly have no idea where to even start. I'm sure if I just said 'Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow' over and over again that it would get my point across just fine, but that might be a little repetitive and inarticulate. I'm going to try to get my very gushing thoughts in order for you guys.

When I opened the pages of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer I had no idea what to expect. The synopsis really doesn't give you much, and I like it that way. The vague synopsis, the eerie cover, and the fantastic titl
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John Egbert


Replace "with you and Jade i guess?" to "with The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer?" and the reply can stay the same.

Yes. I went there.


(Yes I am actually aware of how juvenile that was.)

There will be no love for Mara Dyer here. If you have a problem with that, I suggest you go read another review. The funniest part is that whenever I make a warning like this it ends up getting ignored and I'm trolled anyway, but hey, it was worth a shot, right?


Also, because I can't be fucked to individually
Raeleen Lemay
Re-read in November 2014
THE ENDING THE ENDING OH MAN I FORGOT THAT WAS THE ENDING. My general thoughts on the book remain the same as the last time I read this; the romance was a bit cheesy, but the mystery and plot twists really held the whole thing together!

Onwards to book 2!!

First read in January 2013
WOOO. AWESOME BOOK. At times the main Mara and Noah gave off a very "Bella & Edward" vibe which was a bit of a turn-off for me, but the whole mystery and creepiness of the book was great! And
Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Mafia Princess*

I've had this book on my TBR before, but then I removed it because it looked too fluffy you know... But it was still on my ereader so I thought, "Why no give it a go?"

I'm so glad I did, because I could have missed out on one of the best stories I have ever read!

Mara Dyer has just survived a horrible accident, her friends weren't so lucky.To help cope with the stress, her parents move the entire family to a new town. New beginnings. But the past has a way of following you wherever you go. Mara re
I absolutely loved this book! I want more of it, and I want Noah Shaw to be real! Beautiful writing, great characters, and amazing plot. Michelle Hodkin is perfect!
Jul 13, 2011 Arlene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Booker Tour - ARC Crystal
Michelle Hodkin, author of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is nothing short of an evil genius! She managed to keep me in a state of absolute, captivated confusion from the beginning of this story to the very last page! For the most part, I can quickly anticipate twists and turns in a book fairly quickly, or at least well before the conclusion is about to reveal itself. However, with The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer I had no clue what Hodkin’s intentions were or when she was going to throw the next curve. ...more
I think this was probably my most anticipated book in the past months, and I also think that was it's downfall. You really look forward to a book. Everyone is saying how incredibly awesome it is. Nothing could ever be as good as this book - except maybe Daughter of Smoke and Bone - so how can it possibly live up to my already extreme expectations? Well... not like this.

Mara Dyer - Oh Mara Dyer, you had such an awesome beginning. A mysterious and creepy letter to set the mood. A strange event no
Kristin (KC)
*About 3 Stars*

I know there is no shortage of five star ratings for this book, but I think I completely missed the bus on this one...

I feel terrible saying this, but to be completely honest, I'm not quite sure what I read. Sure, the writing was decent and the book started off extremely promising, to the point where I couldn't put it down--but then there was just an avalanche of craziness, crumbling down and smashing into me. It was overwhelming and confusing, and I honestly couldn't keep up. It
Saniya(Will Herondale is mine)

I...I can't even...what in the world...DID I JUST READ?
This book is wrong in so many ways. Wrong and confusing. Wrong, confusing and weird.

What is wrong?
Pfftt, honey, the whole book is wrong to be exact.

I just can't believe that this book, with such an amazing cover plus having an awesome *trailer (With a hot hero) which can convince almost everyone to read this and then having such a mysterious yet gripping blurb to make this book sound so good to the readers here, can be so...bad.
Have you ever picked up a book and pretty much only put it down to eat and go to the bathroom (hey, i’m a real person here)?! That’s The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer for me! Seriously, this book is one of those “unputdownables” and Michelle Hodkin wrote this book just for me. Even if I read it 3 years after it was published. She wrote it for meeeee. Just kidding. But it was really good. REALLY. GOOD. [[Read the full review here]]

Buy this thrilling book
Anything I say is going to ruin it. This is one you HAVE to read for yourself. 5 stars isn't nearly enough!
Aria (The Whimsical Reader)
My name is not Mara Dyer, but my lawyer told me I had to choose something. a pseudonym. a nom de plume, for all of us studying SATs. I know that having a fake name is strange, but trust me - it's the most normal thing about my life right now.


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Well okay. Not that perfect. Second read showed me that, this book was not at all perfect as I thought it was, the first time I read it. But still, the 5 stars remain. Smiley

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I've read this book back in 2012 I think. I loved it then
FINAL RATING: ★★★/★★★★★

So... Mara Dyer . I wanted to read these books for a very long time, but never had time for them. Now that i finally had, i don't know what to think about this book. There are many split opinions about this series, and this book in particular and i can now finally see the reason why.

“Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.”

In the same time i liked this book, but i found it boring for the 70% of it. Actually it was just too
Kim Q
*nudges Goodreads* Five stars only? Are you KIDDING me?

This book rocks. After a year of waiting to get this gem, there was lots of jumping up and down and squeeing in front of the mail lady.

What your life will consist of once you've open up this book (in order):

1. Screaming
2. Bouncing
3. Giddiness
4. More screaming
5. OH MY GOD's
6. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat until you are coherent again.
7. O___O's
8. Lots and lots page flipping
9. 0___0's
10. More screaming because you're nearing the end of this book.
Jillian Heise
THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER is one of the most interesting books that I have read in awhile. It blew my mind, kept me on my toes, crawled under my skin, tugged at my heart, and won't get out of my head. It is a multi-layered story: part psychological thriller, part epic teen romance, part high school story, part mystery, part family dynamics, and part suspense. Oh, and I can't forget the slight paranormal tendencies (in the mental sense not creatures) underlying the events of this book. It is a ...more
Jan 13, 2011 Lora marked it as looks-promising  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lib-to-read
Quite possibly my favorite cover of 2011. Simply beautiful.
What? WHA-WH-WHAAAT? There's a sequel, right? RIGHT? What the eff, Michelle Hodkin?!!

I hate cocky, self-assured teenage boys who are hiding a deep dark secret behind a man-whore façade. I hate stories involving mean, blonde girls who hate the heroine on sight for reasons unknown. I hate stories where each chapter ends in unnecessary foreshadowing. And I really, really, really hate cliffhanger endings. So it's a puzzle to me why I like The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer so much.

Credit where credit is du
Trisha Leigh
Mind=blown. *sits and thinks* *sits* *thinks*
All of my reviews are spoiler free (unless stated otherwise) so you can go ahead and read my review!

Plot: ★★★★★
This story gripped me from the very first page and not just plot wise, but in every single aspect of the story. It follows a girl called Mara Dyer who is the sole survivor in the collapse of an abandoned asylum. Her best friend, her boyfriend and her boyfriends sister weren’t so lucky. This leaves Mara with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which makes Mara
My first thoughts after The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer:
and then after being speechless I became very paranoid. Like scared to look in the mirror after you take a shower paranoid.

This was crazy twisted and beautiful. No one told me how creepy this was going to be. When I wasn't sitting around looking under my bed I was sitting trying to understand what just happened. One page I think I know what's going on and then the next it's like I haven't even read the pages at all. I didn't feel l
Now usually I don't listen to reviews, but I was a little concerned when all I read was how this was a great novel UNTIL... But, as I am a curious critter, I had to read it when given the chance. I could not put this book down! I am a huge fan of character driven novels and this fit the bill. I was drawn to Mara and her issues, ok, so I wanted to fix her (it is my thing), I wanted to hug Jamie for being well, Jamie, Daniel was a whole lot of awesomesauce (can i have an older brother like him?) a ...more
Kendare Blake

Hey September, let's get your ass in gear and get here faster, hm?


So I was lucky enough to get an early copy. As is the usual with a good book, I'll be very disciplined in the reading schedule, until the last third where I shove everything else off my desk and don't move until the book is done. That's what happened with The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.

This book is interesting. Downright interesting. It piques your curiosity right
I Eat Words
Oh. My. God. This is seriously one of the best books I've read all year! The beginning captured me from the first pages, instantly sucking me in. I devoured it, getting lost in its mystery and trying to decipher what exactly was going to happen. To say the least, I was HOOKED. Michelle Hodkins is super talented and really has a handle on the YA pacing and voice. She is also excellent with her twists and suspense factors. I was lucky enough to get this ARC, and I read it in less than 24 hours bec ...more
This cover is BEAUTIFUL. <3

Just wow. There are literally no words for my reaction to how this book ended. So excuse me while I ramble for a second... this book was AMAZING. Just amazing. It's hot, twisted, funny, crazy, awesome, amazing... did I mention amazing? Easily my favorite read of the year so far. EASILY.

This book starts off with Mara Dyer and an accident. An accident that killed her friends and left her the only survivor. She awakes in the hospital with no memory of what happened
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At the age of sixteen, Michelle Hodkin lost the rights to her soul in a poker game with pirates just south of Natchez. Shortly thereafter, she joined an acting troupe and traveled the world performing feats of wonder and mischief. She has been seen on stages nationwide and earned rave reviews for her one woman performance of Titus Andronicus before writing the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer ...more
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